Title
Measuring community (dis)organizational processes through key informant analysis Measuring community (dis)organizational processes through key informant analysis
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
European journal of criminology. - London
Volume/pages
6(2009) :5 , p. 401-417
ISSN
1477-3708
ISI
000274821000002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
The role of community (dis)organizational processes is a major issue in contemporary criminology. As a consequence, researchers have been increasingly eager to measure community-level social mechanisms such as social trust and disorder. However, community inhabitants are predominantly used to measure community (dis)organizational processes. This approach requires large numbers of respondents to generate reliable and valid measures of social trust and disorder. In this article, the use of expert key informants is discussed as an alternative method of measuring community processes. Our findings suggest that key informants can provide reliable and valid measures of social cohesion and disorder on two rather small units of analysis.
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